When they return on Sunday – for the 12.15 kick off in the final against Palace Super Falcons – they will be watched by more than just the hundreds who came to the venue but the entire country with the game to be shown live on SABC 1. Roses coach Xolile Madikane will use that exposure to motivate his young side.
They have already won over the crowd here. They continued on that note in their 3-0 win over Kanatla FC to reach the final. Nandipha Booi and Nocawe Skiti – joint top goalscorers on 10 goals each – continued with their fine form. Booi scored from the penalty spot while Skiti netted a brace.
“I have struggled to calm them down because they are so excited,” Madikane said. “It’s a good thing that we have a rest day tomorrow. After that I will calm them down and tell them to go out there and enjoy themselves. It’s good for the children to have the whole country watch them. Exposure is something that we lack in women’s football, this is a good reward for the girls.”
Roses’ opponents Palace, have also been free-scoring. They strolled to the final with a 7-1 drubbing of Coal City Wizards from Mpumalanga. Chantelle Esau scored four times, with Tina Selepe, Martha Mokoma and Chuene Morifi scoring a goal apiece. Primrose Mtsweni scored Wizards’ solitary goal. Falcons will look to win the tournament for the fourth time in it’s sixth edition.
Njabulo Ngidi is in Port Elizabeth courtesy of Sasol.